the statues of "giants" in the Church of Santa Maria del Mar.
They are not further explained. It
is interesting to see that the man holds a sceptre...
house" on the Ramblas, actually "Casa Bruno Cuadros"
(information on the house kindly provided by P-H
Biger , see his advertising fan right, and A. Checcoli.
Furthermore, the FANA Quarterly Journal autumn 1996 featured the house.
Flagfans from different centuries in the Museu Mares.
Fans in the City
title sounds a bit like Woody Allen's latest film and it has
been chosen on purpose: because the detecting of fans in the city were
coincidental encounters, not expected, but the more intriguing, opening
up new "fan"tastic sources. The undesputed winning beauty
is "Blanca Aurora":
She is a ship figurehead from 1848, and to my knowledge
the only one that crossed the oceans with a fan in her hand. The model
for Blanca Aurora was Maria Pares, daughter of the captain and ship
owner Salvador Pares, and according to contemporary witnesses, the figurehead
came close to the real Maria. And apparently, so does the fan that depicts
a typical mid-19th century fan. She can be visited at the Maritime
the facade of a house at the Ramblas, Barcelonas buzzing main street.
It was the house of the umbrella and fan maker Bruno Cuadros, and built
by architect Josep Vilaseca in 1885. The eclectic (some would say crazy)
mixture of exotic (Japanese/Chinese) elements is typical for the time.
M. Biger ("Place de l'éventail")
owns this advertising fan for the "Casa Bruno Cuadros" the
obverse of which shows a corrida scene. He generously allowed to reproduce
it here: "Gran Fábrica Especial Bruno Cuadros, Paraguas,
Sombrillas, Abanicos y Bastones" (Specialised factory Bruno Cuadros,
umbrellas, sunshades, fans and walking sticks). The building left can
easily be recognised.
Museum for Textiles in Barcelona is known to house fans, but it was
closed when I was there (October 2008), due to moving to other facilities.
However, the coincidence led me to the Museum
of Frederic Mares, a sculptor-collector who collected virtually
everything. From medieval gothic crucifixes to keys, toys and - fans!
The fans of the Mares Museum are housed in traditional
vitrinas at low light but, it appears, spread out since decennies. Unfortunately,
no explanation to the single fan is given.
For more fan photos of the museum, click here. For more information
on the museum, visit the Blog of Andrea
Janes (as the links on the museum site do not work).
When going to Barcelona, try to avoid weekends as all cheap airlines
go to this destination and most beautiful parts of Barcelona are packed
with beer-can-in-hand tourists.
If you have a fan who needs repair, try Jaume
Arias, "my" restaurator who runs a framing shop in the
very center of Barcelona.
If you want to buy fans, go to Ms. PILAR's shop at the Antique gallery
at Passeig de Gracia 55. There are several shops and most of them display
fans but she has the biggest selection, with a focus on early 19th century
fans - good quality but not cheap! Or try your luck for advertising
fans at Llibreria Selvaggio, Carrer Freneria 12 near to the Museu Mares.
the lady giant holds a fixed feather fan, thus endorsing the saying
that "the fan is a lady's sceptre".
Detail of a flagfan